Im an off again on again bee keeper. I usually but a package and let them do there thing. Not much luck. I really like trying new hives and the carpentry that goes along with that.
Any ways, No bees this year or last but on 7/6 a swarm moved in to a Warre I had set up(stored) behind my shed. I went in today to clean it up and see what was going on. A little background, 98 and humid Yesterday and today. Their were a few old mouse nests in the hive bodys and the bottom board had 3 or 4" of old mouse debris and all kinds of other unidentified stuff. Quilt box wasnt that bad. I re-did the quilt box with pine flakes and cleaned off the bottom board and cleaned out whatever mice nests i could get to. I would say the top hive body(their are 4)was full of honey and brood and the third was about half filled w comb but kind of light. Bottom 2 were empty.
Last night they bearded pretty heavy but in the morning they were back inside. After cleanup and tonight they bearded and almost looked like a swarm was hanging off the landing board. The base is cinder blocks open end up. Their are now bees in the cinder block under the hive drawing comb.
Suppose to rain for the next 2 days and the temperature should drop into the 80s. I will update.
Question: Does a July swarm have a chance? Any thing i should do?